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FOCAAdmin

The Friends’ first vine-cutting, invasive plant removal and trash bagging event, held on May 5th in the Quaker Bridge Road section of the Aqueduct in Cortlandt, was a smashing success. Some 35 volunteers, ages 13 to 70+, turned out for a half-day of hard work and good fellowship. All were pleased with the striking change in before-and-after conditions to show for their labors. The event was part of the first I Love My Park Day, a statewide initiative by Parks & Trails NY and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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FOCAAdmin

Aqueduct buffs may find two reports of interest. One is the excellent final report of a Columbia University graduate preservation studio, held in the spring of 2011, during which the Friends, among many others, provided assistance. The title is The Croton Waterworks: A Guide to the Preservation and Interpretation of Historic Infrastructure. To view this 291-page illustrated report, go to
http://www.arch.columbia.edu/files/gsapp/imceshared/Croton_Book.pdf.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

NYC Parks Department announced a start of improvements to Aqueduct Trail in Van Cortlandt Park. They have requested that visitors avoid these parts of the trail until work is completed.

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FOCAAdmin

School groups from NYC, Brooklyn and Westchester - as well as adult groups - have discovered that the Friends give an exciting presentation of the history of the Aqueduct with tours inside the tunnel and to the Croton Dam.

Here's a sample of the groups:

  • 2nd Graders from the Buckley school for boys in NYC (see image right)
  • Students from Eugene Lang College (part of the New School)
  • The Columbia University Preservation department. (This group did an impressive study of the Aqueduct)

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